Madison Commons Media Digest, December 22, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Madison School District has largest property tax increase in dollars in state for 2019-20, Scott Girard, Capital Times, Dec. 18. Dane County reaches an agreement with Henry Vilas Zoological Society, Joe Tarr, Isthmus, Dec. 20. Community

UW Hospital nurses revive union, ask board to recognize it, Dave Wahlberg, WSJ, Dec.

A One-Wheel Town

For most people, choosing an alternative way to get around Madison involves two wheels and a set of handlebars, but for many residents of the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood, one wheel will do just fine. At O’Keefe Middle School on almost any Sunday afternoon, you can find a gym filled with unicycling enthusiasts, from kindergarten all the way up to 65 years old, novice to expert. All are welcome to come and try out the sport, says Madison Unicycle Club youth development director Jill Cohan. “This is the epicenter for unicycling in North America right now,” Cohan said. “And it didn’t used to be.”

Madison Commons Media Digest, December 15, 2019

Madison and Dane County

'Dramatic' turnover ahead for Dane County Board after spring election, Abigail Becker, CT, Dec. 14. Community Development Authority postpones vote on armed security guards at Madison public housing sites, Abigail Becker, CT, Dec. 14. Rookie mistakes, tossed cases, pile up in District Attorney's office, Steven Potter, Isthmus, Dec.

Madison Commons Media Digest, December 8, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Matt Wachter to lead city's Planning, Community and Economic Development Department, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 5. Community

Local faith communities and organizations to hold 'Longest Night: National Homeless Person's Memorial Service,' Madison365, Dec. 5. Urban League job center's partnership courses work to fill jobs, close skills gap, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Dec.

Madison Commons Media Digest, December 1, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Dane County invests in tow plow technology to clear roads faster, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Nov. 28. Proposed bill would require some businesses to install diaper-changing stations in restrooms, Mitchell Schmidt, Wisconsin State Journal, Nov. 27. Dane County Board Chair Corrigan not running in 2020, Steven Elbow, CT, Nov.

Madison High School Student Launches Eco-friendly Business in Bamboo

La Follette High School student Nabil Hamdan founded his own eco-friendly business while balancing hockey and attending science, technology, engineering and math courses at Madison College. 

“I came up with World of Bamboo because I noticed that everything in the economy is becoming more eco friendly so I decided to sell bamboo straws,” he said.

Madison Commons Media Digest, Nov. 24, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Dane County Board adopts process for distributing mental health funding, does not override veto, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Nov. 22; Dane County Exec proposes new call center, a 'universal access point' for mental and behavioral health care, Shanzeh Ahmad, WSJ, Nov. 19. Government Structure Task Force shares final recommendations, WORT News and Shaun Soman, Nov. 21.